Tips for Tiger Safari in India

Even in the highest tiger population density areas, spotting tigers is not certain. Some tourists must take back-to-back safari for several days to increase the possibility of spotting tigers.

Elephant safari is the best way to get closer to the tigers while Jeep safaris will allow deep penetration into the forest, into the habitat of tigers.

Always follow your guide’s instructions while on a safari, your safety is important. This wild animals is a well-known carnivorous. Absolute silence is needed for tiger spotting. 

Usually, summers are the best time to spot tigers as the water holes will be drained out, pushing tigers to reach out of their usual habitat to find large water sources. Also, the grasses will be dried out, increasing your visibility.

What to Wear For Tiger Safari

The prime tiger spotting time is during the peak summer season. Thus, you should wear fully covering thin clothing, comfortable shoes or any footwear that covers your feet completely, sunscreen and hat as exposing your skin to sun can lead to sunburn, dehydration and other skin problems. Remember to carry a large bottle of water. And if you prefer early morning safari, carry a thin jacket.
Many of the naturalists in India are incredible as they can hear alarm call, sound of engine from a great distance. When you enter the tiger reserves in India it’s incredibly easy to become detached by your guide’s notes, instructions and eye movements, assuming that they have some inside knowledge about where the tigers are going to pop up while in fact, they don’t. So don’t be afraid to look the other way, get involved and try to discern the different deer and langur alarm calls from the broad-spectrum of jungle noises. You’re not going to become an expert anytime soon but it certainly adds to the whole amazing experience. 

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 3)

Satpura National Park

Tigers are born predators by nature, familiar with lurk and survive in silence. Expecting such an animal to appear in front of a long row of canters and jeeps is unreasonable. Thus, Satpura permits only 12 vehicles per day. The best venue to find tigers is Sonbhadra River. During summer, visitors can spot tigers swimming in the river to avoid the heat. This is one of the very few tiger preservation sites where walking tours are allowed. Besides tigers, visitors can find chital, gaur, leopard, porcupines, wild boars, chinkara, hyena, black buck and others.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April and May

Safari Timing starts from 7 am to 11 am

Closest Airport – Bhopal Airport, which is 140 km away from the park

Pench National Park

This park is situated in the heart of the country, spreading 760 square kilometer of forest area. It nurtures 43 tigers within its boundaries. The lake regions are usually the most common tiger spotting areas. This park is one of the best sites to spot diverse wild animals. Besides the royal Bengal tiger, visitors can find sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, barking deer, hyena, Indian leopard fox, and others.

There are seven safari zones in this park. The Turla region is the most popular region for spotting tigers. The regions around the stream in Turla are filled with tigers during summer season. Night safari is also permitted in this zone. Canter and jeep safaris are common transportation to discover the region and spotting tigers.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between March to June

Safari Timing begins from 7:30 am to 10:30 am and 4 pm to 6:30 pm (timing changes among season)

Closest Airport is Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International airport, which is 95 km away from the park

Best Tiger Safari In India (Part 1)

With more than 1,500 tigers living within its boundary, India is home to nearly 50% of the world’s wild tiger. Living in over 50 different national parks, tigers is thriving in India. If you are expecting to take a tiger safari, you should choose the parks with the maximum number of tigers, various safari option and good visibility to spot the tigers.

Here are the Top Tiger Safaris in India that you can choose.

Bandhavgarh National Park

This wildlife sanctuary of Madhya Pradesh has the top density in terms of the country’s national animal. Around 55 tigers are living in just 100 square kilometer. This park was also popular for white tigers which was not spotted for 50 years ago and many other animals such as sambar, chital,  blue bull, antelope, wild boar, wild dog, Indian fox, leopard, bison, and nilgai.

The best way to get closer to tigers is by using jeep or elephant safari visiting four zones covered in this park. However, as only limited number of vehicles is allowed to access each zones daily, visitors should book in advance.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April and June.

Safari Open Time: 5:30 am to 10 am and,4 pm to 7 pm

Closest Airport – Jabalpur airport, which is about 200km away from the park

2. Ranthambore National Park

This park is one of the biggest in the country and is very popular among wildlife photographers. It’s used to be a hunting ground before being transformed to a protection and reserve site. Other important animals living here are jungle cats, sloth bear, jackals, Indian fox, crocodiles, and leopards. Tigers are usually living in the Bakaula region of the park, which is filled with a dense forest and many watering holes.

Ranthambore has the longest living tigress of the world. Of which, Machli – the queen of the park – was 20 years when she died- the higher age than the average lifespan ( 10-15 years). The tigress won lifetime achievement record for being a top tourism destination and playing a critical role in conservation. There are ten zones in Ranthambore National park and zone 4 has the highest number of tigers.

Best Time For Tiger Spotting is between April to May

Tiger Safari Open at 7 am to 10:30 am and, 2:30 pm to 6 pm

Closest Airport – Jaipur airport, which is about 150 km away from the park

Best Places to Celebrate New Year in India (Part 1)

New year is the time that everyone loves to celebrate and to welcome it with happiness but it’s hard to choose the perfect destination really. So, if you are wondering where to go to celebrate the new year this time? Here in this article, we would like summarize and bring to you the best, wonderful and fun places in India where you can have a pleasant time with whoever you are going to celebrate this special time with. Visiting any of these places to make the start of your new year perfect.

Goa
New year celebration will be incomplete without live music, unlimited beverages, and all night long party. Goa can give you all these things with a affordable price for pocket-size budget. In addition to that, many exotic accommodations at the beachside on the night of December 31st can make your new year celebration super fun, exciting and memorable. The young crowds and tunes of music throughout the night can definitely make your new year eve celebration amazing. So, if beaches, unlimited booze, and delicious dishes intrigue you enough, you must visit Goa for the new year celebration. For an intimate party, you can visit bars on Anjuna beach which is famous for throwing Greek-style party.

Mumbai
Mumbai is well known as the city never sleeps. And, on new year’s eve, we hope, this is what you expected. A night-long party in this coastal city with amazing enthusiasm is the thing that you must try. The people of Mumbai is quite liberal and really into celebrating every special occasion with lights, music, drinks and delicious food. The city gives you an opportunity to enjoy and welcome the new year to the best of your possible imagination. Here, Marine Drive is know  as one of the best places to enjoy every sip of your beverages.

Most Popular Festivals in India (Part 1)

Festivals is the way to experience Indian Culture at its Best as India is a highly spiritual country with many holy festivals at the center of Indian’s lives. There are numerous festivals held throughout the year featurinh unique customs. 

Holi

Holi, also known as the “Festival of Colors”, is one of the most famous Indian festivals outside of India. The festival is mainly about burning and destruction of the demoness Holika by the unwavering devotion to Lord Vishnu. However, the most fun part is the fest when people throw colored powder on each other and shoot each other with water guns. This activity is associated with Lord Krishna, a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, who liked to prank village girls by throwing at them water and colors. Bhang (a paste made from extract of cannabis plants) is also widely consumed during the celebrations. Holi is an enjoyable festival with great fun for participants if they don’t mind being wet and dirty.

Ganesh Festival

The amazing Ganesh Chaturthi festival is the occasion to honor the birth of the beloved and well-known Hindu elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesha. The festival lasts 11 day starting with huge, beautifully decorated, elaborately-crafted statues of Ganesh installed in homes and public podiums. The god statues are worshiped everyday during the festival. On the last day, people paraded through the streets with the statues accompanied by singers and dancers before submerged the statues in the ocean. The best place that host this festival is Mumbai.

Navaratri, Durga Puja and Dussehra

The Navaratri festival is the time to honor the mother goddess Durga in all her incarnations. The festival lasts 9 days and in the tenth day, called Dussehra, is the time to celebrate the defeat of the demon king Ravan by Lord Ram and monkey god Hanuman. It also is the time that Durga’s victory over the evil buffalo demon Mahishasura. In eastern India, the festival is known as Durga Puja which is the biggest festival of the year in Kolkata, featured Huge statues of the Goddess Durga being made and immersed in the river. In Delhi, nightly plays are organized around the Red Fort, illustrates episodes from the life of Lord Ram.

Amazing Indian wedding tradition (part 2)

Mangalsultra

In the Hindu tradition, instead of exchanging wedding rings, the groom ties around the bride’s neck a mangalsultra with three knots which is a necklace with two gold pendants to signify a strong bonding for 100 years.

Colors

Vibrant colors such as red, gold, orange and burgundy fill all the space is the most remarkable parts of Indian weddings which is found on the attire, the flowers and decoration.

Attire

According to the traditional customs, the bride will wear Solah Shringar which is a 16-piece attire includes make up, jewelry, clothes and the most notable piece – the Mangtikka. The Mangtikkais the giant jewel the bride wears on her forehead and through the part of her hair. The actual garment and jewelry the bride wears will vary depending on what region she is from. However, each item shares the same meaning which is to bring out the natural beauty of the bride. 

On the contrary, the groom’s attire on a traditional Hindu wedding is not as complicated. He simply wears a Sherwani and Mojari, which is a type of shoe that is seen often in Mughal art. 

As for the female guests, they will be wearing a Sari or a Lengha in loud color as the bride and groom. They can also wear Bindis and Bangles or payals (anklets) as part of their custom wedding attire.

Every culture has it’s own characteristics of wedding traditions. Understanding about different wedding customs from around the world is a good way to blended in and living the life and shares the special traditions of other cultures and even to better understand your own. Indian weddings is one of the very rare unique customs that still remains till today. So if you plan on attending one or married a Hindu, it’s a great idea to gain a good understanding of what to expect

Amazing Indian wedding tradition

The modern ritual of wedding involves bouquet tossing, the white dress, the bridesmaids, etc; however, in some cultures, the traditional wedding with old customs remain prevalent. Wedding traditions of each country has it’s own distinct attributes. Indian weddings are especially known for their notable and unique characteristics from the colorful attire to Mehendi/ Henna. In this article, let explore some of the traditional wedding customs that make Indian weddings so special.

Misri

The traditional Indian weddings last three days, with Misri takes place several days well before the actual wedding day. In which, the marrying couple exchanges prayers, flower garlands and gold rings while the groom’s parents give the bride with a basket of gifts and misri (rock sugar), which represent sweetness in the future.

Sangeet Party

The Sangeet party can be held separately or combined with the Mehendi ceremony which is the celebration for the family members of the bride and groom (or just the women) getting together for song and dance.

Mehendi

The Mehendi ceremony takes place one day before the actual wedding with the participants of only women in which intricate patterns are drawn on their hands and feet with mehendi/ henna which designs signify a deep bond between the husband and wife. Sometimes, the Mehendi ceremony is combined with Sagri.

Haldi Ceremony

The Haldi ceremony is held on the morning of the wedding, in which, both sides of the family spread a mixture of oil, water and turmeric over the bride and groom as the act of blessing the couple efore the wedding.

Mandap

In traditional Indian weddings, the ceremony takes place under a Mandap, which is a four-pillared canopy decorated with bright colors.

Laja Homa

During the wedding ceremony, the brother of the bride pours rice into her hands, with the groom’s hands cupped below hers, and then the sacred fire underneath.

Chai Tea – Sipping culture of India

The name “chai” is the Hindi word for “tea,” origins from the word “cha,” in the Chinese which also means “tea.” When talking about chai, it means a mix of spices steeped into a tea-like beverage. The recipes of the mix for chai vary across continents, cultures, towns and families although the traditional ingredients usually include black tea brewed strong with milk and sweetened with sugar or honey and mixed with spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, and black peppercorns. 

The origin of chai dates back more than 5,000 years ago when a king ordered creation of a healing spiced beverage from herbs and spices for use in Ayurveda. A variety of indigenous spices was used to prepare the healing drink which then came the creation of chai tea.

Original versions of “masala chai,” or “spiced tea,” contained no actual Camellia sinensis tea leaves, milk nor sugar. The addition of sweet were only popularized thousands of years later (in the mid-1800s) when the British created the now famous tea-growing regions of India and popularized tea as a beverage.

SIPPING CULTURE

You haven’t visited India until you experience its chai culture. But no worries, Masala chai (spiced tea) is a drink that you may find in almost every corner of India despite the fact that, chai may be spiced and prepared in completely different ways depending on the customs of the region, the town, or the person preparing it.

You can enjoy it at Chai “wallahs” which are Indian chai makers where you will find sit, stand, or set up shop with their chai-making gear on nearly every street corner of the town. Each chai wallah may have his or her own style of brewing and spicing which packed in small batches to order.

The concept of a chai latte had travelled out of India and became popular with Western consumers a decade ago.

Tea culture of India (part 3)

Darjeeling

Besides the native Assam tea bush, the British were also trying to smuggle the much-prized tea plants and seeds of China into India such as Camellia sinensis sinensis. The tea bushes were grown in the high-altitude, cool, rainy, and rugged mountains of Darjeeling where the environment mirrored China. By the mid 1850s, tea growing in Darjeeling had been so successful; however, Darjeeling produces 1 percent of India’s total tea output which would never reach the output of tea from Assam. Darjeeling is often refer to as the “Champagne” of teas which is similar to the fickle grapes of France. Darjeeling tea quality vary from year to year depending on the weather, soil conditions, and the terrain where the bushes grow.

GEOGRAPHY

Located in the state of West Bengal in eastern India, Darjeeling’s tea growing area range from 2,000 to 7,000 feet and spread across hills, valleys, steep vertical mountain ranges and up into alpine forests. Many microclimates throughout Darjeeling were formed due to the radical changes in elevation, including cool misty breezes, subtropical forest humidity, strong sunshine and monsoon rains. The challenging geography and rough, inaccessible terrain make Darjeeling to be an exclusive tea.

The unique and prized flavor of Darjeeling tea is defined by the terrain; of which, the teas grown at higher elevation in colder temperatures is the most expensive. The high prices are due to the Darjeeling bush growing in the steep terrain which makes it difficult to harvest, especially in fickle weather.

THE TEA

Darjeeling tea both variety (assamica) and the China variety (sinensis), are completely unique to this region of India where it has acclimated to the high elevation and rugged climate similar but unique from China’s. Therefore, many Darjeeling tea bushes may be a China-India hybrid, but it can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

The tea culture in India (part 2)

ASSAM REGION GEOGRAPHY
Assam is a large, tropical river valley with the Brahmaputra River running through the northern part, descending down the center of the region from Tibet and providing the water that sustains the tea gardens of the fertile plains. In the southern part, there’s a valley that bumps up against the Himalaya which mountain backdrop keeps the hot, humid air in the valley and contains the river water inside to produce flood plains that grow the valley’s tea gardens.

THE ASSAM TEA
Thanks to the tropical weather, warm and rainy which is high of humidity, the Assam hearty tea bushes produce thick and lush plants with large, abundant leaves which produces a characteristically strong, full-bodied and malty tea after processing.
The Assam tea leaves are generally harvested and produced twice during a season from March through November. It’s also known as “first flush” and “second flush.” Of which, the first flush is harvested during the early spring in March which produces the more delicate teas while the second flush in mid-summer produces the “tippy” teas which is considered to be the most distinctive of the Assam teas. The amazing quality is due to the more mature, tippy leaves with more coppery in color and covered with fine, delicate hair which brew into a creamy, full-bodied, and brisk tea. Assam is tea-growing region produces the biggest yield which accounted for 50 to 75 percent of India’s total tea output.

SIPPING CULTURE
The Assam region is famous for its black tea although there are some green and white teas. Assam black tea is often used in breakfast as it has a hearty, bold and rich flavor that is drinkable on its own but also stands up well to milk and sugar. Assam tea is popular with the British and other cultures around the world